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On-demand ERP in the Enterprise: A Practical CIO Guide to Implementation
Discover a framework for crafting a software-as-a-service (SaaS) strategy in your company. Examine key concerns such as data integrity, maintaining compliance

cio blog  assets. This enables the CIO to retain accountability for resources being operated by third-party providers. Development and upgrade cycles. On-demand platforms allow for faster prototyping, closer engagement of business managers during the development process and more incremental, agile development styles. Upgrades occur more frequently, allowing the organization to absorb new technology and functionality as continuous improvement. Change management. The ongoing, incremental pattern of implementation

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